The rain continues. Are we complaining yet? I do wonder what this winter will be like. The squirrels have been so busy storing massive amounts of seeds from the pine cones and leaving piles of residue on the ground. I have never seen them in such quantity. Is it a sign of a cold winter? My two cords of wood were delivered yesterday so I will be ready.
Join the Computer User's Group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center. There will be a review of disks, partitions, files and folders. The emphasis will be on taking control of your PC so that it will do things the way you want them done rather than the way your software wants to do them. A few simple changes can greatly improve your ability to protect your important data. Taking a look at basic Windows operations, you will see how to create new folders, copy, move and delete others and look at folder display options. You will see how to create shortcuts and icons and how to create icons from photos. The September class will discuss CD and DVD writing and labeling. Everyone is welcome.
The Fiddler's Jam Session is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. This event is fun and free. Join in the playing, sing along or just tap your feed and clap along with the music. Everyone is welcome.
Strawberry's Elite Steak Fry is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. Everyone should be in a Western mood since Rodeo weekend is coming up. The band will play your favorites for dancing or just listening. A donation of $13, or $25 for two, provides you with a rib eye steak, cowboy beans, potato salad and cole slaw, rolls and Texas sheet cake. What a deal. And the proceeds all go to children and families in Pine and Strawberry who need a little financial assistance.
Labor Day weekend will be a busy time at the Pine Community Center with a book sale, arts and craft show and pancake breakfast.
Library Friends is having a used-book sale just in time to stock up for your winter reading. There will also be videos and books on tape. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3, in the Kiwanis building at the Pine Community Center. Stop by the library to see the great raffle items: a handmade quilt and a basket full of kitchen goodies. Buy your raffle tickets and visit the book sale. All money goes directly to our wonderful Pine Library.
The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild invites you to come and enjoy the show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4. All spaces are filled with a great variety of crafts and art, including hand painted household items, jewelry, children's cloth books and baby items, stained glass and much more. There will be great food including Navajo tacos, the Weenie Wagon, kettle corn, roasted nuts and more. Face painting and a great playground will keep the children entertained. This is the last art show of the summer. Don't miss it.
The Pine/Strawberry Fire Department is taking over the pancake breakfast formerly hosted by Kiwanis. Watch for more details in next week's column but plan to fill up on all those pancakes before the craft show. I am pretty sure that the fire department crew would welcome volunteers to help with this new project. Call (928) 476-4272.